Ever since Hillary Clinton said last week that half of those who support Donald Trump can be placed into a “basket of deplorables,” Trump acolytes and various right-wing jerkweeds have been whining and moaning about Clinton’s remarks, saying she was wrong to paint Trumpkins with such a broad brush. But was she? Is she wrong, or was she right on the money?
Yesterday on “Face the Nation,” Jamelle Bouie, chief political correspondent for Slate, confirmed that what Clinton said is proven by scientific data. As Bouie noted:
“So, I’m inclined to see it as strategy and not so much as a gaffe because when I heard the remark, my first question was: Well, is this true? Right? Regardless of how it sounds, what it looks like, what is the case about Donald Trump supporters?” Bouie asks. “And if you break down the numbers and you look at the RealClearPolitics average, and it gives Trump, 43 percent of the registered voters, there’re about 30, 31 million people. Compare that to polls show 65 to 70 percent of all Republicans who say that Barack Obama either wasn’t born in the United States or is a Muslim.”
In addition to the disgusting birtherism theories that float freely among conservatives and were most vocally championed by the Orange Menace himself, Bouie added this undeniable proof:
“You look at pilot data from the American National Election Study, and it shows upward of 40 percent of Republicans saying things like blacks are more violent, blacks are lazier, Muslims are more violent, Muslims are lazier.
“Among Trump supporters in particular, 60, 50, 70 percent of them agree with statements that political scientists categorize as being explicitly racist. So I’m looking at Clinton’s statement, and half, which is about 31 million people again, doesn’t really seem that out-of-bounds. Forty to 50 percent of Republicans, I would say looking at the full spectrum of data, agree with beliefs that we would categorize as explicitly prejudiced. So regardless of whether or not Clinton needs to walk it back or not, I think she’s being correct and accurate.”
Facts are important, especially in an election year as consequential as this one. And the facts support exactly what Hillary Clinton said. So for those who support Trump, don’t get so upset when we call you racist, xenophobic assholes. You’ve earned that title, and we won’t be retracting it until you prove us wrong, which you can’t.
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org